Southern Humboldt wine event raises money for Humboldt County Historical Society

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

The annual Benbow Inn wine tasting event on Nov. 10 contributed a big boost for ongoing efforts to preserve Humboldt County history. Figures indicate more than $11,000 was raised from the event, which featured live and silent auctions and a variety of local and out of the area wines.

"It was a real success for us," said Humboldt County Historical Society Office Administrator Diane Pialorsi. She indicated that a portion of the money raised might be used to digitize photo collections at the historical society office in Eureka, "to make it easier for people to use." All decisions on projects to be funded will be made by the historical society's board of directors.

The Annual Benbow Inn event included 15 wineries pouring new releases and cellar favorites. Light hors d'oeuvres and cider were also available to those attending.

The non-profit Humboldt County Historical Society relies on membership and donations to funds its operations. A membership to the historical society also includes the quarterly magazine Humboldt Historian.

Every year in February, the organization holds an annual luncheon and the event for next year has been scheduled to take place on Feb. 10, 2013. The luncheon speaker will be Leroy Zerlang, who will speak about the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum and Motor Vessel Madaket. M/V Madaket is the oldest vessel in continuous service in the United States, a California historic vessel, and boasts the smallest licensed bar in California. The maritime museum was founded in 1977 and is located next to the Samoa Cookhouse. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The annual Humboldt County Historical Society luncheon will take place at the Ingomar Club in Eureka and tickets are $30 each. Call the historical society at 445-4342 for more information.